I took a risk when I retired from my corporate career and started a consulting business. In 2018, I lost one of my closest friends to pancreatic cancer. Five weeks shy of my 31st corporate anniversary, I decided to retire and create a business I could grow and enjoy in the next stage of life. First, I celebrated and challenged my fitness level by becoming a certified Les Mills BodyFlow instructor. Then, I started my consulting practice. After my friend passed away, I learned that we all could do a better job preparing those who depend on us to succeed in our absence. One of the lessons I learned from my friend is that the greatest risk is a life not lived and dreams not realized. When I teach people how to create plans for important but not urgent issues, it frees their energy to take their next big step.